Donald Edward Rice

Posted By | July 11, 2019 2:25 pm

Donald Edward Rice, 71, of Sparta, passed away July 11, 2019, at Tennessee State Veterans’ Home, in Murfreesboro.

Mr. Rice was born Nov. 4, 1947, in Hazard, Kentucky, the son of James Rice and Dorothy Kilburn Rice.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and he was a retired police chief. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, in Cookeville; Cookeville Corvette Club; Police and Fire Retirees, of Ohio; Masonic Lodge F&AM, of Ohio; and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in Ohio.

Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Willie Lee Selby.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sandra Selby Rice, of Sparta; son, Donald Edward Rice II (Beth), of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Donald Edward Rice III, Preston J. Rice, Hunter Charles Rice, all of Columbus, Ohio; and mother-in-law, Jo Evelyn Maggart Selby Watson, of Sparta.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., July 15, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Veterans’ Honor Guard. The family will receive friends noon-2 p.m., July 15, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Gary Selby, Tommy Simmons, John Gross, Donnie Rice II, Donnie Rice III, and Preston Rice.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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